Quite often teachers and schools are being required to meet the requirements of the Common Core with a limited budget and a limited library. Many current libraries are heavy in literature but are lacking the essential common core focused readings in nonfiction. Other problems arise like sharing and distributing the limited number of books amongst the students arise.
Snap is an incredible resource for teachers in need of access to a leveled library to meet the differentiated instruction of students at various reading levels, and address the requirements of the Common Core. Snap! is affordable and provides an solution of for the teacher to distribute and monitor readings easily to students and differentiate instruction.
Wired Educator was able to take Snap! on a test drive and we loved it.
With Snap! teachers are able to offer their students additional access to reading materials and interactive books to help them with their reading while providing the teacher with valuable data to better assist and add value to each student’s learning.
The Snap! Digital Reading Program is a set of interactive books that have been leveled to help teachers meet the requirements in the Common Core Standards. The Snap! Digital Reading program can be viewed on the iPad, Kindle Fire, Android tablets, computers, interactive white boards, and teachers even have the option to print PDF copies.
The books in the program assist teachers and their students
in vocabulary and comprehension through the use of the Common Core’s emphasis on close reading and text-dependent questioning, as well as, in conjunction with direct instruction, modeling, and independent and/or guided practice.
Teachers can purchase one license for each of their classes (30 students max in a class) for just $89 and gain access to unlimited downloads to all materials for the year, access to free data analytics, plus have a set of eBooks to use on their devices in any one format from the following formats: iPad, Android tablet, web, interactive whiteboard, computer. Again, one teacher can provide all of this for one classroom (30 students) for just $89. (I think that is a great deal, because the program my school is using right now is over $30 per student.)
As your students read you can track their progress. You can see what what they are reading, what the word count was, how difficult the reading selection was, how many words they read correctly and more. You can look at their performance reports and digital assessments. The reports will update you on their scores on the multiple choice assessments, CLOZE scores, and even reading fluency.
Currently there are over 127 titles. The program includes lesson plans, the ability to track student assessments, and access to all of the digitized eBooks and printable PDFs. To see the entire Snap! catalog click here. The program is for students in grades k-8.
(I am an Edmodo user and I was pleased to find an Edmodo tie-in with Snap!’s Edmodo App, Snappiness. Snappiness is a digital library and platform to help teachers improve reading and writing skills based on the Common Core through Edmodo. It is $49.99 per group and can be purchased through your Edmodo.)
I used an iPad version of the program. (The iPad version is titled Snap! Digital Reader and you use the free Mobl21 HD app that Wired Educator has reviewed in the past. ) On the digital version I used you have access to photos, audio, glossary terms, videos, animations, maps and more.
Grade Card: Wired Educator Grades the Snap! Digital Reading Program and A+
Comments: It’s easy for teachers to use and designed to keep students engaged. The affordable price is an extra bonus. This is a great learning tool. A great resource for ELA teachers struggling to adopt to the Common Core.
Wired Educator believes this is a great value and a particularly good program for elementary schools. With the vast majority of the states moving toward the PARCC assessments online, it is essential that more and more reading be done online. There is a difference between online reading and paper reading. Students need the practice.